A week ago today, I rushed home from work to pack up our things and head out of town to Payson, Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, brother and girlfriend and my gram. Oh, and did I mention two dogs and a cat? It was going to be a full weekend in every sense of the word.
We pull into Payson at 8ish and headed for a little Mexican food restaurant which is both divey and wonderful at the same time. $15 and full bellies later, we head to my parents home, unpack and relax. Sounds divine, no? Cue intense stomach pains at 3am. I Google "food poisoning" in my spare time as I CANNOT SLEEP and immediately blame said divey Mexican restaurant. The day goes by in a blur of pain.
I wake on Friday morning hoping that the food poisoning (which I was assured was just a bad case of the stomach flu) had passed. It had, for the most part, but an ache had settled in my right side. I come up for breakfast hopeful that I'd be able to eat and salvage my weekend. My dad (aka Emergency Room Doctor) pokes around and concludes a trip to the ER is in my near future. By 2pm they had confirmed appendicitis and by 3pm I had my appendix removed.
There are a few awesome parts of all of this: 1) my 3rd year medical student brother was able to stand in the OR with me and observe the surgery, 2) I was exonerated (I may have been called over-dramatic a time or two in my life *ahem*, but this time? Hellz yes I really was in pain and not being a drama queen!) and 3) I was able to eat again. In fact, by 8pm I was checked out and driven to (a different, not divey) Mexican food restaurant for Albondigas soup.
The only crappy part was that my Thanksgiving weekend didn't really start until Saturday morning.
So now I'm still recovering, although quite well. It was a laparoscopic surgery so I only have 3 small incision points (one below my bikini line, one at my belly button and one below my ribs on my right). And the good thing? I never have to worry about my dang appendix again. Oh, and the divey Mexican food restaurant was exonerated as well. If you are ever driving through Payson, Arizona and have a taste for the most awesome burrito of your life, head to Alfonso's.
Hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!